S’mores Skirt

My friends decided to throw a campfire party since Central Florida was getting its first cold snap of the Fall. It was set to be in the low 40s over the weekend so I wanted to make a special plaid skirt for our s’mores party.

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I used a pattern I had purchased years ago (Simplicity 3673) but never had the confidence to use. I only used the skirt portions of the pattern because I didn’t want a dress or jumper that would be limited to certain events.

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The fabric I bought from Joann’s was a light flannel fabric that was perfect for a skirt. It was soft to the touch and had enough lightness to be somewhat flow-y, in case the night warmed up at all.

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The skirt came out great, I had to add some darts into the waist in order to fit me perfectly, which is no problem with the pattern I used. I find it better to fit the waist with darting after sewing it altogether since my waist has a 9″ difference to my hips.

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I find myself wearing this skirt more often now that just campfire s’mores. It’s remarkably comfy and very easy to pair with an oversized cardigan or sweater in the cold weather. Though Florida doesn’t really get cold, I find this skirt perfect for the below 80’s winter.

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Items featured:

Green Plaid flannel fabric from Joann’s

 

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Zulily Surprise Sale

I have a rule when I online shop: if I have to pay for shipping, I don’t buy it. This steadfast rule has kept me from spending all my money on one singular item. Websites like Pinup Girl Clothing typically offer free shipping, but only if you spend over $100. That’s why I was excited when Zulily had their PUG sale.

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All the pieces offered were at least 50% off, and though I had to pay for shipping, the price was still a steal compared to what I’d normally pay. I jumped at the Mary Blair Jenny Skirt in Pink Trains and ordered an XL right away.

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Normally, I wear 2X in PUG, but the size chart had me convinced that an XL would fit. Unfortunately, it only fit if I was wearing my waist cincher corset underneath. The skirt is absolutely beautiful so I didn’t want to get rid of it.

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PUG Jenny skirts are now one of my favorites, I had purchased a light blue Jenny skirt on a Swap and Sell after my first purchase (Blue Ice Harlequin Circle Skirt reviewed here!) because I needed to have more.

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The Jenny’s hit right at my mid-calf, which is where I love all my skirts to land. It allows me to wear petticoats without showing them underneath and lets me walk around without worrying if anyone can see my bottom.

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Though the skirt is absolutely wonderful, I have to swap it for a larger size. I also purchased a pair of Steven Ella criss cross flats in Beige to pair with the skirt. They fit wonderfully and criss cross flats are now my favorite shoes.

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My experience with Zulily was just “ok”. The issue with the size chart really turned me off to using them again, also, the shipping took ages to reach me. The deal was pretty worth it though, so despite my reservations, I would probably shop there again.

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UPDATE 12/5/16: I swapped with a fellow PUG enthusiast for a 2X and it fits wonderfully!


Items featured:

Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Pink Train Border Print by Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Steven Ella criss cross flats in Beige from Zulily

Pink Petticoat by Lindy Bop

Pinstriping Our Dry Bar

Over the weekend, I had an idea to revamp our plan dry bar into a vintage styled set up. My uncle handmade the wood stand originally for our bedroom television, but we gave away the T.V. for parts after it stopped working. We transformed it into a dry bar only a few weeks ago.

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I started by staining the wood with the same color as our vinyl player stand so that the living room would have a cohesive thread. I did one thick coat in order to give the wood a darker look.

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I used some references I found online to make pinstriped spider webs and a nice design to fit on the decorative wood pieces in the shelves. I have a relatively shaky hand and couldn’t find my fine brushes so the lining is a little wonky but only if you look closely.

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Overall, my husband and I both love the look of the new bar. It gives the bar a classy look and still goes well with the gothic theme we already have going in our living room. I love bats so I was even able to throw in some bat imagery in the centerpiece.

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Pinstriping has become my new favorite thing. I plan on doing more projects using pinstriping since its so classy looking and not really too difficult on wood. Now to just get my uncle to make us more things!

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Becoming a PUG owner

Ever since I really started learning about vintage clothing and pinup style, I have pined over every clothing piece offered by Pinup Girl Clothing (PUG). My obsession stared around 2004 when I first graduated from high school. However, being a student meant I would never be able to own a piece from them until I got a real job.

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After my second raise (yay!), I decided I needed a skirt from PUG. The Holiday Capsule Collection for 2016 was about to be released and I couldn’t wait for the blue and white Blue Ice Harlequin Skirt from Pinup Couture.

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My husband and I are Jewish and I wanted to make sure I’d have something to wear at holiday parties where 90% of people will be wearing terrible Christmas sweaters and red/green dresses.

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The skirt arrived and I was pleasantly surprised to find it had silver within the pattern, that made the skirt even more beautiful in person. The quality of PUG is unmatched by anything I could have made myself for the holidays.

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I handmade a top for this skirt a week before it arrived using a sparkly blue fabric I got at Joann’s on clearance. The color didn’t quite match so I decided to go with a Bob Mackie Collection blue top I had found at a local Goodwill.

psx_20161122_223225This is by far my favorite outfit, not just because the skirt is so comfy, but because it was my first PUG piece. The young, poor vintage admirer in me was screaming with joy.

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Items featured:

Blue Ice Harlequin Circle Skirt by Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Blue Tie Blouse by Bob Mackie Collection

Blue Sparkle Top handmade by me with Fabric from Joann’s

She Wore Blue Spandex

In terms of vintage style, I try to not be too busty. But when you get into the vintage world, you get mixed up in the pinup/rockabilly style as well. So it never hurts to try something a little different. That’s why I purchased this light blue cross top from Doll Me Up.

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At the time of purchase, my bust measurement was way off. I was going by my previous bra sizing and not actually measuring myself, so I purchased a size 2X when an XL or 1X would have been a better size.

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The top slips on, no zipper, so the silhouette is very nice. The spandex blend used gives the top a lot of stretch which is why this size was too big on me. I’m able to sew so I might do some alterations of my own in order to keep this top.

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Though the top is rather busty, I was able to wear a strapless bra to keep myself up and confidently covered. If I had gotten my correct size, the built-in bra may have been enough to keep the girls in check but alas, I wouldn’t know.

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For my first purchase from the site, I had an extremely pleasant experience. I would have exchanged the top but in my personal opinion, its better to not spend money to send something back when you can adjust it yourself. The shop is absolutely wonderful and has amazing deals on a lot of vintage/pinup/rockabilly styles.


Items featured:

Handmade skirt by me with fabric from Joann Fabrics

Vixen Vondetta Top in Light Blue from Doll Me Up

Not Today Satan lapel pin from Vixen by Micheline Pitt

Birthday, Pride, Dapper Day. Oh my!

Hurricane Matthew blew through Orlando early October right around when Orlando Pride was supposed to take place so it was moved to the weekend of my birthday. Also that weekend, Dapper Day. For the first time, the event was to take place in Epcot, where my husband and I used to work.

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It was also my first time attending. I was always nervous about going because the caliber of fashion I had seen from previous Dapper Days in both Orlando and Anaheim. I never thought I would even match something as authentic or beautiful as the women I had seen.

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I took a vacation day from work to spend my actual birthday, November 11, with my husband. We went to dinner at Better Than Sex, a romantic dessert restaurant with chocolate cocktails and mood lighting. My mom had gotten me this Addicted Coffin Bat Handbag offered by Dysfunctional Doll. It is now my favorite purse.

20161111_182442My dress was another Amazon purchase. A purple wiggle dress from a company named Newdow. The dress is actually made well, I bought a Vassarette lace slip to wear under it and it fit like a dream and hugged all my curves. My shoes, Dolce by Mojo Moxy, also came from Amazon. I found the 4″ heel to be far too high but I don’t wear heels often.

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Pride being on the same day as Dapper Day gave me the idea to wear a Lindy Bop dress I had seen in the new arrival section. A space unicorn pattern with rainbows! I needed it but my size was sold out on the U.S. and the U.K. site was very pricey. I found Didi’s Boutique through a search online and ordered the Audrina Space Unicorn dress immediately. With international shipping, the dress cost me under $50.

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Customs held the dress for a little over a week and the dress was set to arrive on the day I needed it! Marie, the shop owner, was remarkably helpful and checked up on me the whole time. Thankfully, it all worked out and I wore my Lindy Bop bright pink petticoat under the dress to really make the rainbows pop. Marie even threw in a pair of unicorn shoe clips from Atomic Mollie that I used as a makeshift brooch.

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The dress did double duty at Pride. The parade folks pointed me out, I collected compliments all around the park, and I even enjoyed a wonderful conversation with a young girl in love with my dress and considering taking on the vintage look with a little Lolita flair. I told her “go for it, you might be nervous at first but in the end, be yourself”.

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Items featured:

Audrina Space Unicorn dress by Lindy Bop

Pink Petticoat by Lindy Bop

Vintage V-neck Capsleeve Pencil dress in Purple by Newdow

Tracy D’orsay Pump in Cobalt Floral by Dolce by Mojo Moxy

Coffin Bat Handbag by Addicted from Dysfunctional Doll

Fashion at HHN

I started my vintage journey during the perfect season, Fall. Every year, my husband and I go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and this year, I got the chance to wear vintage all season. I started by making two skirts using Halloween fabrics I found at Joann Fabrics.

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I love the selection they carry and usually I have at least one coupon worth 40% off. I made a pleated 2″ waisted skirt and a gathered, elastic waistband skirt.

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The pleated skirt is my all time favorite. The combination of the fabric and the pleats just gives that vintage feel I wanted. I thought of doing it gathered but the price of the additional fabric would have put me out of budget. Instead, I used only 2 yards and still had at least a yard left for additional projects. The skirt even has POCKETS!!

I wore the gathered skirt more often just due to comfort. I love bats and the color allowed the print to glow in black lights which is a staple in many haunted house attractions. I loved it, however, in one of the scarezones (Vamp ’55) featuring 1950s vampires, the principal always seemed to take issue with my allegiance to the Bats.

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The Vamp ’55 scarezone really was meant for me since I was just going into the vintage side of life. I even met a Spiffy Saturday friend there on multiple occasions wearing all the Pinup Girl Clothing pieces I could ever want.

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My husband and I attended the event so often, the scareactors began to learn our names, and, on more than one occasion, compliment my attire. It became my happy place, especially since derby was no longer doing that for me. I had lost some friends but HHN helped me through that.

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I even had the chance (pun intended) to re-wear my Chance skirt piece again. This time, I paired it with a Jaws t-shirt in honor of the fallen attraction. This HHN was probably my favorite HHN simply because I got to do it as myself and have the confidence to look the way I wanted to. And confidence can really get you anywhere.


Items featured:

All fabrics from Joann Fabrics

Sourpuss Bats Spooksville Dress in Pink by Sourpuss

Pinup Couture Jenny Dress in Halloween Harlequin Print by Pinup Girl Clothing

Featured photo credit: Ian Suarez (see his Instagram! – @haveyoumetian)

My Thoughts on Trousers

If you had asked me if I liked trousers before I switched to vintage style, I would have said “absolutely not, never will ever want to wear trousers”. I’m a dress girl through and through, until I snagged a pair of 40’s style wide leg trousers from a gal on a Swap and Sell group.

20161020_185731The trousers are from House of Foxy and as soon as I put them on, I felt like they were akin to the type you’d see on Katherine Hepburn. The waist is high, but the legs are definitely wide. They fit well, but my thighs are like tree trunks and filled out every inch of the fabric in the hip area. There was some stretch and I used all of it.

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I liked the trousers and I liked the way they fit, but I didn’t like how tight they were around my pooch area, which is a work in progress.

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Overall, had I gotten a larger size, I might have been more comfortable and I would probably wear them more. For now, I plan on losing the weight with more roller derby and sliding these babies on more often in the future.

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Items featured:

1940’s Swing Trousers in Olive by House of Foxy

The California Trip

What a surprise we got this year when my husband was told he was being sent to cover Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, California for HHN Unofficial! I was beyond excited since I’ve never traveled that far west before and I had always dreamed of going to Hollywood.

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It was perfect timing for my vintage journey. It gave me the chance to purchase and pack up for the first time for an event. This meant I had to make sure I had the right outfits planned, the right shoes, the right accessories.snapchat-8960388577540576486

I bought my first items from Lindy Bop. A pair of Kendra trousers to wear at the parks and throughout the day in order to remain comfortable in the changing temperatures. Also, a Lindy Bop Thea tea dress for the last day so I could be free of leg prisons (aka pants).

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We only spent 3 days there and we had a wonderful time. We walked and Ubered all around Los Angeles. We saw the Walk of Fame, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and of course, Universal Studios Hollywood.

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I got alot of wear from the trousers and they are still my favorite comfy pants. I tend to wear alot of black and muted colors but with vintage, it always helps to have a little pop of color every once in a while.

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Walking around Hollywood, I got alot of compliments on my hair (which was straight up until the heat hit) and my style in general. It was a great confidence boost. I didn’t visit mecca (PUG Boutique located in Burbank) because we were short on time due to my husband’s work, but there’s always next time! Read about our time at Universal Hollywood on HHN Unofficial here.

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Items featured:

Kendra Cropped Capri Trousers in Vibrant Hawaiian Flower Print by Lindy Bop

Off Shoulder Ruffle Blouse in Pink by BLDO from Amazon

Thea Vintage Flower Tea Dress by Lindy Bop

Take a Chance

In September, a group called Spiffy Saturday threw their Fall fancy. If you aren’t familiar with the group, Spiffy Saturday is the Universal equivalent to Dapper Day at Disney. I used to work for Disney so my urge to go there has very drastically decreased as I’ve gotten older. I do have a Universal Orlando annual pass so I was very excited to attend the event. As with Dapper Day, for Spiffy Saturday, you dress in your best vintage and for this event, I wanted to wear a Halloween Horror Nights inspired outfit.

During HHN 25, we were reintroduced to the character Chance, Jack’s sidekick and a similar character to Harley Quin in terms of her moral compass.

21224058724_3f8a5b3706_kI didn’t want to stray too far away from vintage so I drew a sketch of the outfit I was to create myself, keeping in mind the Universal Orlando rules regarding costumes.

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My plan was to make the dress and a separate top so that I could possibly use the skirt in other outfits after this event. My goal is always to make re-wearable items so as not to “waste” money. I’m not the best at sewing, but making circle skirts is fairly easy, if you know your maths.

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Essentially, you fold fabric 4x and measure out the radius from the folded edge. Knowing your bust/waist/hip measurements is helpful in all vintage clothing sizing, but especially in making your own clothing.

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I made the skirt first, because I always have issues making tops. My bust measures between 38″-40″ and my waist 34″-35″ so sometimes the bust is too big but the waist fits right, or vice versa. For this outfit, I bought so little fabric that I just made a crop top instead of the original plan.

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I found the top I made to be a little busty and it wasn’t too hot so I topped it off with a sheer cardigan I acquired from my grandma. I turned my original plan for a high-waisted skirt, into a jumper to give the front a bit of a corset look. When I look at it now, it reminds me of Santa, but it worked well for the look I was going for because her corset had buckles.

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I had enough fabric from the top to make my husband a matching bowtie using this tutorial on Tie-a-Tie.

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I have a deep passion for collecting pins and wearing pins that are relevant to whatever situation I find myself in, so I decided to make a polymer clay pin of the Wheel of Chance that was used in HHN 25 (featured behind Chance in the photo above). I threw in some chainsaw earrings also made from polymer clay.

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The pin was the hardest to make since I am a perfectionist and the pin only measured 1.5″ long. Hand painting the words onto the pin took two tries but I am very satisfied with the result.

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I had no issues at the parks and there were a few folks that recognized who I was styled after and really that made all the difference. A lot of hard work went into this ensemble and it was our first time going out vintage. It was a wonderful time and we made some pretty cool friends that day.

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All fabrics were purchased from Joann Fabrics